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Posted: 11/28/2007 3:18:28 PM EDT
I tried searching the site for information already posted on Olympic Arms. The search returned no results. I am new to the AR15 world, but looking to purhcase by end of this year. Not looking to go too crazy at first. At a local gunshow, I noticed some Olympic Arms ARs, for around $700.00. Compared to Bushamsters for over a grand, I'm wondering for a newbie, if the Olympic Arm would be a good starter? Any info would be helpful. Also, should I go 223, or something a little bigger? Thanks in advance for any help.
Link Posted: 11/28/2007 3:28:01 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/28/2007 3:29:33 PM EDT by nicholsmf]
I don't own an Alympic and have never even seen one in person. They have a bad reputation around here but that is all I can say. A search for "Olympic" turned up 19 threads about them. Below are the 3 with the most replies for you to read through.

LINK 1

LINK 2

LINK 3
Link Posted: 11/28/2007 3:28:07 PM EDT
I just picked up a new Bushmaster in Augusta Georgia for 900 bucks out the door. Save a couple more hundred bucks and get something a little better.
Link Posted: 11/28/2007 3:30:34 PM EDT
What he said

Originally Posted By LordThor:
I just picked up a new Bushmaster in Augusta Georgia for 900 bucks out the door. Save a couple more hundred bucks and get something a little better.
Link Posted: 11/28/2007 3:36:52 PM EDT
I have had my O/A CAR-15 for 16 year. I built it from a box of parts. Have not had any problems with it. Purchase what you can afford. If you can go higher, do so. Or, if you know someone who could help you put one together, build the lower and purchase the upper. You will save some money.
Link Posted: 11/28/2007 3:43:30 PM EDT
For a quality budget minded entry level AR, I have heard good things about ADS, you can read up a little on them here.
Link Posted: 11/28/2007 4:17:50 PM EDT
I believe this is the same company that got busted a few times by INS and ICE for hiring illegal immigrants from Mexico to build their guys for them. They would not pay them for a while and then call INS and have them rounded up for deportation....finally INS/ICE caught on to their scheme and forced Oly arms to pay them their salary before deportation.

I would spend money elsewhere. You gotta pay to play. Buying cheap stuff will only cause you to spend more in the long run. Go with Rock River, Stag Arms, or Bushmaster. They can be found in the 800 price range give or take. For a Newbie I would say Rock River since their 2 stage trigger is awesome and the only one available in this price range.
Link Posted: 11/28/2007 4:31:09 PM EDT
I have a 23 year old Olympic that is just fine.
Link Posted: 11/28/2007 4:31:59 PM EDT
Well people have Olympics that they are very happy with, yes, but in general I would stay away and buy something that has a better logical reputation.
Link Posted: 11/28/2007 4:33:19 PM EDT
CMMG BARGAIN BIN. LOOK NO FARTHER!!!!!!
Link Posted: 11/28/2007 5:26:43 PM EDT
The CMMG bargain bin chrome lined for $625 plus $15 for shipping and 25-50 for the local transfer is the best deal I've seen lately too. I do own an Oly though - I got one of their pseudo M4's at a local gunshop that had priced it the same as a $599 plinker plus model - it was too good a deal to pass up. I've been happy with it, have had it a little over 1 year. Right now, if I wasn't willing to go the CMMG route, I probably would save another $150 and get a Bushy or similar - I have those too and the quality is a bit better than the Oly - but again I felt the one I have was worth the price I paid new.
Link Posted: 11/28/2007 6:41:26 PM EDT
The Oly is fine for a plinker. Their uppers are not part to part compatible with colt clones such as the bolt etc. So if you are planning on changing out parts or upgrading go for something a little more part compatible.
Link Posted: 11/28/2007 9:36:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By rec_shooter:
The Oly is fine for a plinker. Their uppers are not part to part compatible with colt clones such as the bolt etc. So if you are planning on changing out parts or upgrading go for something a little more part compatible.


Yes they are compatible.
Link Posted: 11/28/2007 10:35:44 PM EDT

Originally Posted By va_gunz:
CMMG BARGAIN BIN. LOOK NO FARTHER!!!!!!


If I wanted a DMPS parts gun I would just buy a kit.
Link Posted: 11/28/2007 10:53:43 PM EDT
you get what you pay for.there is a reason it's that much cheaper than most others.
set your sights a bit higher.
Link Posted: 11/29/2007 2:24:17 AM EDT

Originally Posted By BeavNet:
I tried searching the site for information already posted on Olympic Arms. The search returned no results. I am new to the AR15 world, but looking to purhcase by end of this year. Not looking to go too crazy at first. At a local gunshow, I noticed some Olympic Arms ARs, for around $700.00. Compared to Bushamsters for over a grand, I'm wondering for a newbie, if the Olympic Arm would be a good starter? Any info would be helpful. Also, should I go 223, or something a little bigger? Thanks in advance for any help.


You couldn't find information about Olympic Arms on this site?
Link Posted: 11/29/2007 5:25:31 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Dace:

Originally Posted By va_gunz:
CMMG BARGAIN BIN. LOOK NO FARTHER!!!!!!


If I wanted a DMPS parts gun I would just buy a kit.


I'd rather have that than an olympic.
Link Posted: 11/29/2007 5:30:28 AM EDT

Originally Posted By rec_shooter:
The Oly is fine for a plinker. Their uppers are not part to part compatible with colt clones such as the bolt etc. So if you are planning on changing out parts or upgrading go for something a little more part compatible.


what in the world are you talking about?
Link Posted: 11/29/2007 5:37:37 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/29/2007 5:38:47 AM EDT by ZitiForBreakfast]

I tried searching the site for information already posted on Olympic Arms. The search returned no results.


You didn't search this site...there are 2+ pages of search results in the last 90 days.





Link Posted: 11/29/2007 6:03:21 AM EDT
If its a RANGE ONLY AR15 then MAYBE

There are so many BETTER AR15`s out there

A SHTF/protection AR15 =

Colt
LMT
Noveske
SD

t­hese are the ones I would look at.

I also would do without until I can buy a Higher Quality AR15
Link Posted: 11/29/2007 12:38:57 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By ZitiForBreakfast:
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I tried searching the site for information already posted on Olympic Arms. The search returned no results.


You didn't search this site...there are 2+ pages of search results in the last 90 days.

I logged in, clicked on Search, entered "Olympic" - no results returned. I then entered "Olympic Arms", same result.
Link Posted: 11/29/2007 12:41:24 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By nicholsmf:
I don't own an Alympic and have never even seen one in person. They have a bad reputation around here but that is all I can say. A search for "Olympic" turned up 19 threads about them. Below are the 3 with the most replies for you to read through.

LINK 1

LINK 2

LINK 3


Thank you. I was able to get my answer within the first half page of the first link.

Link Posted: 11/29/2007 12:42:01 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By LordThor:
I just picked up a new Bushmaster in Augusta Georgia for 900 bucks out the door. Save a couple more hundred bucks and get something a little better.


Where did you get it? Augusta is a bit far, but it might be worth the trip. Thanks.
Link Posted: 11/29/2007 12:47:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/29/2007 1:03:45 PM EDT by Forest]
Link Posted: 11/29/2007 12:51:49 PM EDT
Yeah...and get more when you do "Oly".....no one here uses "Olympic" except newbies
Link Posted: 11/29/2007 12:51:57 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Forest:
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Originally Posted By BeavNet:
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Originally Posted By ZitiForBreakfast:
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I tried searching the site for information already posted on Olympic Arms. The search returned no results.


You didn't search this site...there are 2+ pages of search results in the last 90 days.

h,


You have to specify for than a search for 24hours (which is the default). Change the search criteria time to 3 months.


I apologize. I didn't see that setting. Thank you for pointing it out.
Link Posted: 11/29/2007 1:05:48 PM EDT
Never apologize on ARFCOM, its a sign of weakness
Link Posted: 11/29/2007 2:37:34 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By BeavNet: I logged in, clicked on Search, entered "Olympic" - no results returned. I then entered "Olympic Arms", same result.


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Originally Posted By Mac_Fan:
You couldn't find information about Olympic Arms on this site?


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Originally Posted By ZitiForBreakfast:
You didn't search this site...there are 2+ pages of search results in the last 90 days.


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Originally Posted By Forest:
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Originally Posted By BeavNet:
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Originally Posted By ZitiForBreakfast:
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I tried searching the site for information already posted on Olympic Arms. The search returned no results.


You didn't search this site...there are 2+ pages of search results in the last 90 days.

h,


You have to specify a search greater than 24hours (which is the default). Change the search criteria time to 3 months.


Sorry. Dont mean to hijack this thread.

It may have something to do with him (and me) not being a "paid" member here on arf.com. Everytime I try to search something, I get no results. I type in "the" (insert any other gun related word for "the" and get no results) and get no results, no matter what the time frame selected is.

Now, I have an Oly and have not had any problems, but I dont run 1500 rounds a week thru it either. Building a SBR and will be using an LMT upper and Anvil lower.
Link Posted: 12/2/2007 8:08:48 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/2/2007 8:25:47 PM EDT by teefaust]
I have had an Olympic Arms AR-15 for several years, never had a problem. The only complaint I've seen on here is that they cost less than most other brands. My AR is accurate, dependable, and accepts aftermarket parts (except those made for Colt). I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one. Oh yeah, mine is one of the of the forged models.
Link Posted: 12/2/2007 9:19:42 PM EDT
Funny how people with Bushmasters make fun of Olympic. I own several and compete with them monthly. My supposed POS out shoots the Bushmasters at 300 yards everytime. Have't had a problem with it either. Oly barrels are very accurate for the price. Buy what you can afford (Ford vs Chevy) and ignore all of us on this sight. FYI... Oly made a great number of Bushmasters guns a few years back. Those of you with the XM series are likely shooting Olympics. www.olyarms.com
Link Posted: 12/2/2007 9:27:06 PM EDT
This post is up to 7 pages now in Microsoft Word.


Originally Posted By markm:


Originally Posted By Banzai:

I USED TO SELL OLYMPICS.

I also stock Colts, BM, RRA, and AR.
Wanna know what the #1 most repaired AR15 in my shop is? OLYMPIC.
I don't sell them anymore.
Wanna know what the most repaired AR15 in my store is now? Still the OLYMPIC.
Wanna know what I've had to send Olys back for? You name it.
Wanna know how hard it is to get repair parts/replacement parts/financial reimbursement for shipping NEW guns back to OLY for warranty work as a gun dealer? IMPOSSIBLE!!!!!!

Several distributors have even stopped carrying Olympic rifles because of the high reject rate once they get to the dealers.

They might, sometimes, take care of the individual owner, but as a dealer, I believe that they have a black list, and if you're on it, you're screwed.

I've actually had OLY on the phone with a customer in my shop, and they have actually told the guy that there was nothing wrong, and if he shipped it back, they would not fix it. The rifle had a broken bolt. Sheared off 2 lugs, broke at the cam pin hole, and damaged the bolt carrier.

I fixed it, with BM parts that were available to me at the time. I sent the bill to OLY, never got a response. Sold the debt off to a collection agency, along with all the other repairs that I had to do on OLY guns. Now, if an OLY comes in for repair, I advise the individual that it will cost them an open ended amount and get them to sign the estimate before I'll even touch it.

SHOT show 2002 I took them a box of the parts that I had replaced from their guns that I could not get reimbursement for.

I'll guarntee I've owned/handled/shot more OLYs since 1999 than you ever will, unless you work at Oly or a gun store.

There is, at best 15% profit in retail guns. Olys eat up my 15% on repair parts/shipping/gunsmith time almost as soon as they get unpacked. No more!

Now, about their issues, still "Pretty sure they have been resolved by now" ?????

Or is my post worthless, too?

Tom


And….


Originally Posted By zoom:
...With my Oly lower, that jerk blamed the magazines even though my cast Oly lower was so out of spec that the back of an inserted magazine hits the bolt and keeps the bolt from closing. This was after trying about 30 different magazines at a gun show. None of them worked. Tom called me lazy since I was unwilling to modify all of the magazines I own rather than asking for an RMA #. I modified a couple of magazines anyway, but while shooting they'd still work their way upward to block the bolt. I've had that piece of junk for over five years, and I have never gotten anywhere towards getting them to honor their warranty. They just don't give a damn.z


and..


Originally Posted By www-glock19-com:

WEeused to be a Oly dealer used to be the operative word

We had to send probably 25% of the cast plinkers we sold back for repair and probably 10% of the regular Olys

had about the same luck with DPMS

probably sold about 50 plinkers

The failure rate of the other better ( A ,B ,C ,RRA) brands is probably about 1% in my experence



and this guy ..


Originally Posted By MACE_Hardware:
My first AR was a CAR15 Oly kit. The bolt carrier was tight in the upper until I honed the upper. I figured it was a kit so I should not be upset about some fitting.


And..


Originally Posted By AR15_Machine:
I bought an Oly Arms 15 years ago and after using it on 5 different occasions the bolt catch broke. The part looked like broken pot metal. Any way, Mine was bought 15 years ago at a gun show, perhaps the newer modles are of better quality forged uppers and lowers, where mine is clearly cast. My next one might be a stag, but not sure.

My Oly arms looks great and shoots very well, but I often wonder what is the next part that is going to bust.


And my good man, Hellhound…


Originally Posted By Hellhound:
I bought a NEW FACTORY 16" Oly CAR back in 1993-1994, with a non-chrome barrel---I bought their marketing BS....

The barrel was shit.

Would jam (feeding and extraction) about 5 rounds into a mag and then jam about every 2.

Went through new springs for the extractor, the little o ring thingie, chamber brushing, new mags (USGI), everything imaginable....

I sold the barrel to someone who was going to use it for a .22 conversion, great idea for them.

I bought a chrome-lined RRA middie barrel, installed it on my Oly and have had 0 problems.

The other components of the gun are just fine, no problems there.

Spend a little more money and get a better barrel, it will save you a lot of aggravation.

Please don't make the same mistake I made.


another satisfied customer...


Originally Posted By tweeter:
I loved them so much I made an active effort to get rid of mine.

Like a relationship with a crazy woman, I could tolerate the flaws at first. Mostly because I got the results I was looking for, then the flaws became un-freaking-bearable.

I found out I could do a lot better... Oly got kicked to the curb.


and this...


Originally Posted By M4:
I used to live in Olympia WA...and after calling Oly Arms, drove out to check out their facility.

When I got there, a few things became rather clear.

1) Their "factory" looked like the set of Sanford & Son. (Absolutely NOT kidding)

2) Despite being told "Sure, come on down!" on the phone, when I got there, I was dealt with like I was Diane Feinstein by EVERYONE. One guy was pleasant and answered my questions...so not a total disaster, but the rest were pricks in general.

3) There was nothing and I mean NOTHING about their "facility" that looked suitable for manufacturing dog toys, let alone firearms.

If you never get a 2nd chance to make 1st impressions, Oly lost me COMPLETELY with that one.


and this sad tale...


Originally Posted By extxdpscamaro:
I bought a new plinker back in '04 since it was cheap and new. I also bought some Black Hills ammo and shot the first box of 20 fine the second box didn't go as fine. On my 32nd round I heard a loud "clank" inside of the plinker and so I pulled the mag, emptied the chamber, well, I tried to empty the chamber but couldn't. I tried to engage the safety and couldn't. I tried to break the rifle apart and couldn't. I eventually had to take off the stock and buffer tube. When I took the tube off, I found that the buffer and spring were inside the upper receiver. I took them out then was able to open the gun to see what was going on. The lower receiver broke right in front of the buffer retaining pin, throwing the retaining pin into the trigger grouping. I called Olympic and wanted to see what could be done and they say I would have to pay for shipping both ways and the armorers hourly rate was $55/hr. I told them that I wasn't happy and offered some stickers for my inconvenience. I have since parted the gun and washed my hands of the worst experience I've ever had with a firearm. I've then since owned RRA, Bushmaster, Armalite, DPMS, even Colt and would go back to them again and again. Learn from our COSTLY mistakes and be happier!


we're on a roll here:


Originally Posted By gmtmaster:
I sent a lower in to them for repair. Pin holes so mis aligned it wasnt even funny. Took them 3 MONTHS to tell me there was nothing wrong with it . But they replaced it anyway.

Different serial #.. Same exact problem. My dog...Can build a better gun.


pictures are worth 1000 words...


Originally Posted By Jetlag:
img329.imageshack.us/img329/3096/olyrcvryi3.jpg

img329.imageshack.us/img329/843/olybarldi7.jpg


Tales of woe...


Originally Posted By Phessor:
I had one KABOOM on me with less then 300 rounds through it.
And then Oly lied about what caused the problem.
I will never own another one again.
Phessor


More...


Originally Posted By DFC:
OlY has been around for a long time, I used their receivers in the 80's to build machine guns. I can't tell you the amount of brand new rejected parts that were returned to OLY for replacement.
They are still in business!!!
I think there is a saying, kinda like. There's a fool born every minute of the day.
So if you are one.


More...


Originally Posted By flyboy1910:
I've shopped at Prairie Arms. The owner recommended an Oly saying they " make best AR-15 on the market". Haven't been back, and I would not call them a reliable source of information. Pick up an Oly he had on the shelf and hand cycled it. Felt like the inner workings were lined with sand paper (not typical pre-break in either). Needless to say, I didn't buy it.


Jesus...


Originally Posted By Glockfan:
I owned one and never again a total pos and even worst service. These guys are scum in my opinion and will never get another dollar from me.
Pat


More...


Originally Posted By Baldmonk:
Yes, they are that bad. How they stay in business is beyond comprehension. I have one. The only part left original OLY is the lower and even the parts kit has been changed out to a RRA match kit. Therefore the only part left original OLY is the stripped lower, which is the part that matters the least.

OLY = Caveat Emptor.


AR15fan shares his wisdom...


Originally Posted By AR15fan:
Ive broke an oly forward assist, several bolt catches, a mag catch, wore out hammer springs, disconnector springs, extractor spring, dimpled firing pins, handguard that fitr with gaps, receiver end plates had the finish flake off and rust, frozen bolt catch detents, frozen safety detents.

I wont buy anotrher Oly product, ever. For budget parts i go with DPMS, Bushmaster & CMT. If i need better quality then that i buy Colt from Brownells or SAW.


MauserMark checks in...


Originally Posted By MauserMark:
I saw at a shoot here a bolt seperate. Don't remember which arfcom member's it was, but it seperated in use, and it was an Oly bolt.


More...


Originally Posted By SHIPSNIPE1:
Yes, I do have the unfortunate experience of having owned some Oly products and did try to assemble a couple of their lowers for a friend once.

I learned the lesson.


The horror…


Originally Posted By LUGERMAN:
My Buddy bought one over my protest. On it's second outing with Winchester White box, the barrel seperated from the receiver.


And…


Originally Posted By Aimless:
Blech, the one I saw broke it's bolt the first day it was fired.
You won't find a reputable gunsmith who works on ARs or an experienced carbine instructor who would recommend an Oly.



Originally Posted By deltaheavy:
Had (past tense) an Oly stripped cast lower that I was going to use for my first build. Had to take a file to the magazine well before it would accept USGI magazines. As in they had to be crammed and beaten into a stripped lower, not that they just wouldn't drop free. Offloaded that thing PDQ. Tried again with an A1 upper. Bushmaster and Colt bolt carriers bound up in the receiver. Could see the bright shiny marks in the upper where the carriers were rubbing. Also the takedown/pivot pin holes were mis-aligned (badly). That was the last time I ever even considered Oly as a source for AR15 parts of any kind. I stay far away now.



Originally Posted By allestergrendel:
I had an Olympic arms lower I bought from their shop, and promptly got rid of it after letting it sit on my desk for a few weeks. The more I look at it the more problems I found! The threads in the back for the buttstock had numerous large ugly burrs, The finish was chipped in a few places and the Oly stamp on the side looked like shit.

Luck was in favor the day I traded it...I was at a gun show and fell in love with the superb Mega Gator lower. I watched a table that had a couple and when the head honcho stepped out for lunch I asked his less experienced co-hort how much he wanted for a swap for the Mega..."O there isn't really a big difference, I will do it for nothing! Just have to call it in is all..."

So we swapped, and I happened to walk back by the table a half hour later to hear him getting CHEWED out for doing the swap, and the owner happened to look up to see me and give me a glare like I had just shoved a toilet brush up his ass!

So put my lower together with a RRA 2 stage trigger and Oly lower parts thinking that the small stuff wouldn't be a big deal, but o was I wrong!! The safety selectory was POORLY made and had a lot of travel. If you had any contact with the selector when firing it wouldnt fire until you took the pressure off. I know you may be thinking "who the touches that while firing!!" But you shot from the prone unsupported or standing CQB position and tell me your finger doesnt graze the selector o so lightly..

Long story short: Oly arms parts are rough cut and caused me a vary real safety threat. I have handled there firearms at the shop and they are rough cut (you can see heavy straitions on thier bolt carriers) and fell like sand paper when you charge the weapon.

Go with someone else...In My Honest Opinion

Link Posted: 12/2/2007 9:28:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By M1AR15:
I have had my O/A CAR-15 for 16 year. I built it from a box of parts. Have not had any problems with it. Purchase what you can afford. If you can go higher, do so. Or, if you know someone who could help you put one together, build the lower and purchase the upper. You will save some money.


Bad advice.
Purchase quality - if you can't, save up.
I couldn't afford a quality modern carbine or rifle, so I built an M16A1 clone from all Colt parts, except for lower and LPK.
Only cost me $500.
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 4:16:16 AM EDT
Will anyone tell me how much my Oly is worth or am I an ignorant boot for buying?
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 6:11:04 AM EDT
Anyone know where you can buy a stripped Olympic Arms lower at? I started a 2 page thread and did not get a single answer except everyones personal opinions
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 7:06:12 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 21HWR:
Anyone know where you can buy a stripped Olympic Arms lower at? I started a 2 page thread and did not get a single answer except everyones personal opinions


Oly Arms



Link Posted: 12/3/2007 7:32:36 AM EDT

Originally Posted By warpig8654:

Originally Posted By 21HWR:
Anyone know where you can buy a stripped Olympic Arms lower at? I started a 2 page thread and did not get a single answer except everyones personal opinions


Oly Arms





They are on a year backorder
Link Posted: 12/3/2007 8:29:44 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/3/2007 8:42:38 AM EDT by Chris1NY]
My Olyarms runs great.
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